Friday, 14 August 2015
I did very little Friday but work on the blog. I am guilty of spending more free time blogging about gardening than free time actually gardening lately. We have not had appreciable rain since March, they say, and I am so tired of the dryness that watering is about all I accomplish at home. On the other hand, Allan has been busy with the project!
I’m still looking for the energy to replace that grass path with gravel.
Along with the project, Allan had to go water the Ilwaco planters and street trees.
At the Ilwaco city works yard, where he stores the water pump trailer, he discovered a doe and fawn on opposite sides of the fence.
He tried to herd the doe out of the works yard, to no avail.
He had to leave the situation and go do the watering, beginning with filling the tank at the boatyard (where the water has good pressure).
When he took the water trailer back to the works yard, the deer had somehow reunited. (Or there were two fawns, which is a worrisome thought. Allan reassures me there is way through at the back.)
As it happened, Pam Fleming was in town for the evening, as her spouse was playing with a band at the Blues and Seafood Festival at the Port. She came by afterwards to examine the project, which had been her idea (when I had mentioned to her that I needed a gate there). We stepped back and forth through the gate opening several times and agreed that it feels good and gives a sense of entry and enclosure.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Allan added the gate to the arbour.
Our Kathleen came for tea in the early afternoon and then we went to the market, but not for long as the heat (all of 80 something, I suppose, or maybe 75!) made me dizzy.
dinner at Sea Star acres
We had been invited to dinner at Dave and Melissa’s new-since-last-October home near Oysterville. I was looking forward to seeing their garden and it lived up to my expectations. Someone who loved plants lived there before, and Dave and Melissa have been making all sorts of discoveries in the overgrown garden.
They used to own a nursery and if I thought *I* sometimes have a lot of ladies in waiting (unplanted plants), it is nothing on their vast and cool collection. All they need is some time off from working to expand the plantable garden space.
Melissa has told me she does not quite get what blogging is, so since she may not know, I am going to not show you so much that I totally invade their privacy. I’m not sure she had any idea what she’s in for getting to be friends with a blogger. (Someone’s already told her that they know we have dinner at the Cove once a week.)
We suppose it is the invasive species bullfrog. Melissa caught one eating a bird the other day! And yet at a job recently, she caught a snake eating a frog, so…
They are finding all sorts of mysteries and treasures in the overgrown garden.
There will be room for all, because the property is six acres. Four are wetlands; that leaves two to plant.
I had also so been looking forward to meeting their dogs. Both Anna and Coulee are Hovawarts, a breed that is rare in this country.
Anna is a rescue who is rather shy; she was friendly, calm and quiet.
In the fenced dog yard is a large Acer griseum (paperbark maple) that made Melissa knew she just had to have this property. (And I knew she was a plant nut when I first met and she told me about the “Acer griseum” that she saw when she came around the corner.)
We had strips of steak made on the barbecue, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, corn on the cob, a salad with avocado in it, and chocolate chip cookies. Delicious. We also saw the cats, including Jack and Butterbean. They were too shy for photos.
The long, dark, quiet drive home emphasized how long and mostly rural our Long Beach Peninsula is.
Sunday, 16 August 2015
I felt bad that Allan spent another day working on (and finishing) the project and not doing anything fun for himself. I felt glad that it is done because I like it very much.
Our neighbours across the street were having a family reunion with about 50 people. One of their cats (who spends a lot of time in our garden when we are inside or not home) came over to our side. Allan noticed him and took these photos.
It looked pleasant and made me wish I had a birth family of fifty instead of, now, one.
A 25 mph wind made gardening unattractive. I did manage to water all but the front garden, and rather miraculously, did a thorough vacuuming of the house, as well. I did not think turning the sprinkler on the front garden would help Allan finish the project.
There’s a lot I could be doing if the wind would stop and I could get up some energy.
The 20 plus mph north wind was blowing so hard that it blew the sprinkler water right away from the north end of this back yard bed:
A couple of weeks ago, I got my Sarracenia (brought to me by Debbie Teashon) planted in, well, a black cat litter tray. They are doing well now on the shelf edge of the water boxes
With Allan’s help, I got a bathtub water feature moved out to where it shows. It was hidden under the rose. By help, I mean I dipped out most of the water, still could only barely budge it, and Allan dragged it forward for me. We got this elegant water feature from our friend Terry, who used to live in the Cove RV Park. When the park got new management, residents were no longer allowed to keep “junk” outside their trailers. This was the same Terry, a Vietnam vet who struggled with PTSD, who died in 2012 and whose well-loved kitties we adopted, Smokey, Frosty, and Mary. But I digress. Here is the sort of water feature we see when we tour gardens:
And here’s what my budget and abilities run to:
I am going to paint it with some Fusion dark green spray paint, though!
Maybe when we retire, we can learn how to build something more elegant and elaborate.
At some time, Allan will put little crosspieces over the top.
Other than that, there is just one more thing to do, by the front gate: Put up two posts and a simple cross piece to tie this all together. I wonder if this side will be enough to keep the deer out. They could jump the low front fence but might not want to. If they do, I will now have the tall posts to use for running a couple of strands of wire across the front.
Tomorrow: back to the work watering rounds after a long weekend that seemed too short.