29 November part one: in the garden and out
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by Tangly Cottage
16h ago
Tuesday, 29 November 2023 at home On what is forecast to be the last dry day for awhile, I took some mulch back to the Bogsy Wood and appreciated the garden on the way. white hydrangea by the metal pathI felt that the fading hydrangea flowers, right side, echoed the colour of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’, left side.Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ changing colour I was amazed that the cold weather has not yet affected the Salvia ‘Amistad’. seedheads of Papaver somniferumhardy fuchsias In the front garden, my mom’s ‘Joseph’s Coat’ rose is still blooming. We had an appointment to keep up in Ocean Park so lef ..read more
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28 November: the (almost) final hour
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by Tangly Cottage
2d ago
Tuesday, 28 November 2023 Ilwaco Yesterday evening, I had seen a weather forecast that had got me thinking about how long we might have to wait to do our last day of the Long Beach job. This morning, I woke to more warnings and discussion about a big windstorm, and the forecast called for at least a week of rain. Local Facebook was abuzz about the weather. Okay then, I had an excuse to cut back the remaining plants in Long Beach NOW, because the storm will beat them up anyway, and suddenly this became a work day. Our friend Pat had, a couple of days ago, brought me some allium bulbs (drumstic ..read more
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27 November: more leaves and compost
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by Tangly Cottage
3d ago
Monday, 27 November 2023 at home I started in on my compost project with great enthusiasm. Soon, we heard a rattling sound from out on the street and found our friend Paul, formerly of the Long Beach city crew and now on the Ilwaco crew, putting gravel in the potholes in front of our house, Alicia’s house and the Norwood house. No one till now has cared about our deep muddy slippery potholes…till Paul came along. I worked hard on my leaf bin, sifting the old leaves into finished leaf mould. Autocorrect wanted to correct that to “gold”, which is not inappropriate for its value. These were pan ..read more
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26 November: compost
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by Tangly Cottage
4d ago
Sunday, 26 November 2023 at home The tree dahlia finally got frosted. Allan admired the water canoe. We rather wish the floating azolla had not taken up residence there but it was inevitable since a nearby pond has it. My mission today was to get all the piles of debris, brought home from work, dealt with. Most of the mess is at the back of our good neighbour Alicia’s driveway. Allan helped me out right away by trampling bin one of four compost bins to make more room. I applied a layer of wool… …and then a layer of bunny poo… …which is provided weekly from a couple of bunnies I know. B ..read more
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25 November: the penultimate day
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by Tangly Cottage
5d ago
Saturday, 25 November 2023 We polished off three little jobs within a block of our house. Norwood garden We weeded around the small garden two doors down and swept leaves off the driveway and edges of the beds. agapanthus looks very fine in winterhardy fuchsia We walked back and forth over Alicia’s back garden area to get to Norwood’s. Her cosmos is still blooming. The J Crew Cottage Across the street, we weeded Jay and Jodie’s garden and Allan mowed the pocket lawn, maybe for the last time this winter. I love the Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ against the dark blue house. I lined the driveway with i ..read more
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24 Nov: mulching and a book
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by Tangly Cottage
6d ago
Friday, 24 November 2023 We woke to a heavy frost. I was surprised to see the tree dahlia still looking green and not blackened. Long Beach Today was a day to mulch in Long Beach. We filled our buckets in the mulch barn and started at the corner garden of Veterans Field. We had to park across the street because town is busy. This weekend’s “Holidays at the Beach” extravaganza will take place partly on the vet field stage. I could hear jolly voices inside as preparations were made. I decided to also check the flag pavilion arc garden for weeds and was glad I did… …because I got this ma ..read more
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23 Nov: the big pop out
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by Tangly Cottage
1w ago
We got a late start by accidentally oversleeping. I think we are very tired out. We envied the cats, still relaxing while we departed for work. Allan noticed passionflowers blooming when he opened the greenhouse. On the way out of town, Allan watered Wendi’s planter. Thursday, 23 November 2023 Long Beach We don’t really “do” holidays, and don’t have family or friends around for Thanksgiving dinner. We used to enjoy going to a potluck at the Sou’wester Lodge, pre-pandemic, but have often worked on Thanksgiving to take advantage of good weather, and so it was today. We had decided to cut b ..read more
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22 Nov: a day of whines and roses
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by Tangly Cottage
1w ago
Tuesday, 22 November 2023 Long Beach After a day of writing some blog posts and reading, we went back to the Bolstad beach approach garden to clip roses along the sidewalk edge. I hadn’t intended to, having tried to delegate it to the city crew, but then felt we HAD to because it still wasn’t done, and I didn’t feel able to leave the job with that task undone. We worked from east to west this time, since being right handed makes that a more comfortable direction for rose cutting. Even though the first section had been clipped along the sidewalk, we went over it again for the removal of stubs ..read more
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20 Nov: two jobs and a bit
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by Tangly Cottage
1w ago
Monday, 20 November 2023 The Red Barn Arena We made our last visit of the year to the Red Barn garden and to Cosmo the barn cat. He likes some treats but finds pets to be much more important. We tidied the garden and did some clipping and a lot of detailed weeding of small weeds. We left many of the perennials standing in this garden for winter interest. beforeafter, not much cutting back done, which is best for the garden Diane’s garden Holly got some special biscuits that we had gotten in a little Halloween package shared by a Halloween guest, Sara. Holly was not especially interested ..read more
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19 Nov: the garden and a book
Tangly Cottage Gardening Journal
by Tangly Cottage
1w ago
Sunday, 19 November 2023 at home I decided that I simply must plant or pot up various plants that were languishing in buckets of water or heeled roughly into some large pots, divisions and rescues from Long Beach and from the fire department shade garden that is going to be cemented over. It was well past time that these plants were taken care of. I was amazed that a perennial chrysanthemum had even survived floating in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks. It is an excellent plant that I put in a Long Beach park from my own collection, then lost the original plant, so I’d gotten some piece ..read more
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