Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Saturday, 14 January 2017


On another cold and icy day, we headed out. with a stop at the post office three blocks east.


I decided the gaura MUST be trimmed.  We just had time.


Our destination was mid-Peninsula to one of my favourite gardens.

Of course, I took a self guided garden tour as soon as we arrived.


a netting of old nasturtiums


a side view of the Imperial Chicken Palace


around the other side of the house





some of the girls



The round table was one made for the glorious Pink Poppy wedding in summer 2014.




for fungus lovers



old swingset beanpole



viewing platform


The painting party was taking place in the garage.


Young Luna had been booted out for getting in the way.

And so I joined the painting party, where Allan was already at work.





sad this is blurry…you get the idea. Stoopid camera.

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Allan’s photo




The mom of a rabble rousing millennial


and a millennial’s dad (Allan’s photo)



Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo



Allan’s photo



Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo







mine…but I can only carry one  

Still trying to decide on a slogan for the other side of the above…”Tax The Rich, We Don’t Want to Have to Eat Them” or the more placid “Bridges Not Walls.”

Allan’s (both sides)


my favourite sign of all

On the way home, we took some photos at NIVA green for the shop’s Facebook page.


proprietor Heather Ramsay


one of Heather’s lamps


a piece by our good friend Joe Chasse!


by Joe Chasse.  The mouth moves and the plaque says “I just came in for a sandwich.”

Now…two days of reading can ensue before a busy six days begins.


I started this last night.  It was oft referred to in Modernity Britain by David Kynaston.

Reminder about Wednesday’s lecture, at 6:30 PM (get there early!). It is sure to be good—Debbie has been a speaker on the main stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.


“There’s no feeling quite like cooking with home-grown carrots or grabbing a fresh handful of cilantro from your own yard. Well, unless you’re growing fruits, vegetables, or grains for brewing that is. Debbie Teashon is a freelance garden writer, author, and award-winning photographer from Kitsap Peninsula, WA. Articles and photographs of Teashon’s work have appeared in magazines such as Fine Gardening, West Sound Home and Garden, Master Gardeners, and The Oregonian among others. She has gardened most of her adult life and written about it for over two decades.

Join Teashon as she discusses her latest book, Gardening for the Homebrewer, as it brings an introduction to the wide variety of plants that you can use for fermentations or infusions. In her experience as a gardener, she writes to help explain if your yard is a perfect site for barley or whether it’s better suited to a fragrant collection of herbs. Teashon spends her time gardening, taking classes or researching plants for articles and the online plant database she maintains on Rainy Side Gardeners (www.rainyside.com), a website to help gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.”

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In December 1988, years after my youthful UK trip in the mid 70s, I went back to the UK with my Leedsman spouse.  (Only financial woes and self-employment have kept me from being there more often; I’ve been an Anglophile since age 12.)

This time I was becoming an avid gardener and was determined to wrest every bit of garden that I could from the trip.  We had gone to see Chris’s family in Leeds at Christmastime, and the mild December did allow me some floriferous moments.

wheelbarrow at rest, Roundhay, Leeds

wheelbarrow at rest, Roundhay, Leeds

winter garden, Roundhay, Leeds

winter garden, Roundhay, Leeds

I was thrilled to see allotments (community gardens).

I was thrilled to see allotments (community gardens).

In Seattle, these would be called "P Patches".

In Seattle, these would be called “P Patches”.

lanterns and windowboxes in York

lanterns and windowboxes in York


ignore the text: This was in Richmond

Also cotoneaster, I think.

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanic Garden

inside the Oxford glass house

inside the Oxford glass house

Oxford scree garden in winter

Oxford scree garden in winter

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanical Gardens


bedding out in December!
a garden tableau in Skipton

a garden tableau in Skipton


December rose
Roses were blooming in many gardens that mild December in northern England.  Later I turned the photo above into a Christmas card:

December rose

December rose

private gardens and park in London

private gardens and park in London


My favourite photo of all the trip featured not a garden, but cut flowers in an old window in the perfect seaside town of Whitby, England.  This may be my favourite photo of any I have ever taken.
tulip window, Whitby
When we got back from our walk, the windowframe had been painted. I like it better this way for the photo.

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Snow is an unusual event here at the beach and one that has us out with our cameras recording every snow flake and drift.  On December 19th, Ilwaco and our garden were transformed.  Allan and I each walked around and around the garden taking photos from every angle while the huge falling snowflakes obliterated our footsteps.

Snow here is so much less stressful than when I worked in the city.  I don’t have to deal with getting to work because snow comes in our off season, and I certainly don’t have to suffer during the traffic problems that hilly Seattle has in any snowstorm.

 Someday, should I live so long, I will sit in my home (no longer this cottage home) or in my room at Golden Sands Assisted Living and be able to relive this snowy afternoon in our garden.

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and thus work ends for the year…

The mild weather kept work going for a long time.  Lack of frost meant cosmos kept blooming into late November. Finally we had to pull them, still slightly blooming, out of the old boat at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco in order to plant the last batch of narcissi.

Even after the storm clean-up, we found beauties in the garden as we made our last visit of the season to each.

Our last clean up at Laurie’s revealed the brightness of barberry and hebe.

Once we had the summer plants cleaned up out of the boat, Time Enough Books decorated the garden area for the holidays.  Did I mention that when my friend Mary visited, we learned that the Time Enough logo of an hourglass and broken spectacles is from the classic Twilight Zone episode in which a man who loves to read thinks he will finally have time enough after an apocalyptic event…then, while he’s sitting on library stairs surrounded by books, his glasses fall and break! That’s the ultimate horror story.

Time Enough Books decorated for the holidays

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South Pacific County Humane Society Brunch

We knew from the news that the storm was coming: Hurricane force winds bearing down on us from across the Pacific.  Saturday, December 1st, was windless but snowy and sleety…Not the sort of day on which I usually venture forth as I’ve an intense dislike of walking around on slippery snow.  However, since our friends the Grey Sisters, J9 and Jill, had organized the wonderful Humane Society Brunch, off we went.

J9 (Jeannine) put her decorating expertise to making the Senior Center seasonally festive. (Her party helper business is called Have Tux, Will Travel, and indeed, she wore her tux for the occasion.)  The food, donated and prepared by local chefs, was outstanding and lavishly generous.

beautiful table decorations

I’ll take credit for the spray painted twigs idea.  Later we put these same twigs in the windows boxes at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Allan helped set up for the brunch the day before while I did some late fall clean up at the Shelburne.

The big topic of conversation was the storm, and whether or not to take the warnings seriously.  I called Denny at Klipsan Beach Cottages to warn him and he laughed it off.  We did think it might be a big one so on the way home we bought more batteries, lots of candles, and a tank full of gas.  Had I known the severity of the next three days, I would have purchased a lot more chocolate.

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