Monday, 23 November 2015
Would the rain hold off long enough to let us get the last of the fall clean up done?
breakfast table view
I’m longing for staycation so I can stay home with cats and books.
I wish the Tetrapanax had time for these buds to open.
On the way to our first job, I did some clipping at the Post Office, and would have done more weeding and tidying were it not for an audience of two that formed. One of the two audience members had a van covered with evangelical religious slogans so I decided to hightail it out of there before getting proselytized.
Post Office garden, almost all tidied
Port of Ilwaco
Yesterday evening, I’d erased the port from the fall clean up list on the work board, and yet I was still bothered by the thought of the unclipped lavender in the port office curbside garden. So we clipped it.
after (with the UPS truck)
Garden: much better. Next week this truck will be bringing me, Dave and Mel, and Todd one more box of bulbs to share.
We still had a large load of debris, from Marilyn’s garden, that had to go to the dump.
to the dump, east of Sandridge Road
entering with 5980 pounds.
to the wood and yard waste pile, straight ahead ($15 a load for clean green)
muddy and I had no boots, so Allan offloaded.
Out with 5640 pounds. Comes to 340 lbs of garden debris from Marilyn’s yesterday.
Ah, here are the chrysanthemums that I meant to photograph a couple of days ago.
We began out on the Bolstadt beach approach, figuring that would be the most unpleasant place to be if the rain or wind came.
remains of a beer and smokes picnic in one of the planters
Thirteen sections of weedy mess in the beach approach garden loom in our weeding future next year.
the horrible prospect
grass in the rugosa roses
I could weep.
Long Beach does not pay us enough to be able to hire Dave and Mel and/or Todd to help us with this mess next year, even if they were kind enough to help. I am obsessed with the LB job, but our gardener friends have no reason to devote their time doing such hard and nasty weeding for less than top dollar.
At least, with fewer jobs, Allan and I hope to be able to get to this earlier next year. (Like financial fools, we gave away our highest paying jobs and kept this one, out of love, I guess!)
One last rugosa rose flower.
Today, we just tidied the planters and pulled crocosmia from the garden. There is no point in wasting the city’s money on weeding in November, when the weeds would have just returned by early springtime.
Crocosmia Lucifer among the roses
Allan’s photos, before
The vista grew dark; I was sure a downpour would arrive any second. It did not.
The easternmost roses, protected by this building from the southwest wind, are tallest.
The parking lot berms just east of downtown also got some attention. Their weed quotient is also high, and again, it is not worth the city’s money or our time to weed them before winter, so we just pulled crocosmia and clipped Stipa gigantea.
shabby looking center berm
I often wonder what the story is with this little house.
Stipa gigantea, before
before and after, Allan’s photos
Sheets of grass have returned with the autumn rains.
Even the biggest dandelions must wait till next early spring.
in 2016, must have some mulch to loosen up these beds.
This year, the crocosmia we pulled last month is already coming back in the mild weather.
I think the solution for those flat grassy sunken areas is to just plant more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. I always have it to spare, and it does keep the grass down, and the tourists like it. Or even more mugo pines. Or…something. More ornamental grasses. Red hot poker seems to prevail over weeds. Delicate perennials get trodden upon or choked up with grasses. Anything planted here must survive the summer with NO supplemental water. This year was a harsh test and I am impressed with all that survived.
Next, we groomed the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.
The furthest west planter is the only one still done by volunteers, Back Country Horse Rides. They filled it with annuals. And watered it frequently.
Allan’s photo, before weeding it today
I guess we should have been checking up on it this fall!
Allan’s photo, after weeding. If the geraniums were mine, I would pull them now. I did not as there is just a faint chance they might make it through a mild winter.
before and after (Allan’s photos)
We clipped the tiny pocket garden at the World Kite Museum. While we were there, Museum Store manager Patty came outside and said “I knew I’d see you soon because I saw our name on your work board!” (on this blog). That made my day.
Kite Museum: We did not clip the Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ because it adds winter interest.
Our last Long Beach task: to trim the roses on the south wall of the police station. They were about six inches out over the sidewalk, along which folks will be walking to get to the Christmas festivities at Veterans Field.
“Well, well, well. What do we have here then?” says the British bobby in Christmas lights.
Roses clipped back (Rosa rugosa ‘Blanc Double De Coubert’)
Veterans Field from next to the police station
Meanwhile, two members of the city crew had been decorating the city Christmas tree in Veterans Field.
Vet Field tree being installed and decorated
stringing the lights
We won’t get to see the tree lighting ceremony on December 5th because it conflicts with the lighting of Ilwaco’s Crab Pot Christmas Tree.
Just before 4 o’clock, we dumped our large load of Long Beach debris at city works.
The front mountain of debris is from out of the city parks and planters over the last couple of weeks.
The rain that had been forecast for 3 PM arrived at 4 as we were on our way not only to our last job of the day but to the last job of the fall 2015 fall clean up.
as we head south down Pacific Highway
The Depot Restaurant
I’d decided to do a pre-emptive removal of the annuals in the Depot window boxes (planted by Basket Case Greenhouse owner Nancy Aust). A restaurant needs to look good always, and this way we won’t have to rush up there and check on the windowboxes any time there’s a frost. Last year, we drove by several times during staycation to check on the Annuals That Would Not Die (till they finally did).
before: The escallonia in front of the Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign would like to be ten feet tall.
after: Allan clipped it. I did not have the heart to pull the annuals in the barrels.
before and after (Allan’s photos)
after: windowboxes decorated with some redtwig dogwood
after: Allan also clipped the Lonciera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ (boxleaf honeysuckle).
And then the rain came in earnest.
That is it for the fall clean up. We are now on Staycation(ish). The “ish” is because we will have to emerge to do post-frost go-rounds of most of the gardens, and plant a few more bulbs here and there from the end of season sale order I made yesterday. (Why???) Oh, and I will have to spend some time doing billing!
To celebrate, we decided to dine at the restaurant of a friend who appreciates the importance of arriving at staycation time.
Captain Bob’s Chowder
the season sea serpent in Fifth Street Park, as we arrive at Captain Bob’s
with that poinsettia banner that I want for my arbour (but it costs 3-4 thousand dollars!)
Allan’s photo. I have banner envy.
Captain Bob’s right behind Fifth Street Park
Allan’s photo, including the corner of Marsh’s Free Museum
Captain Bob’s: aglow and inviting
Inside: almost closing time (it is mostly a lunch café although good for early dinners and take out)
a view of the Christmas lights
We got almost the last of the chowder, and two delicious crab rolls.
Cathy, who is going to close through Thanksgiving, gave us a to go container with the rest of her yummy crab mix for us to enjoy later tonight.
as we leave Captain Bob’s
In this regrettably slightly jerky video clip, you can see the NW and NE quadrants of Fifth Street Park, ending at the World’s Largest Frying Pan. I tried to do a better version but a passerby kept wanting to talk to me about it!
The fall clean up list is erased from the right side of the work board.
Just have a gander at that work board. The frost check up list is easier than it looks and would probably only take a day, day and a half at most. As for the library garden mulching, that is Allan’s job (although I might help).
And have a gander at THIS, as well:
The first wave of staycation reading from the library. (I’m presently reading The Family Man by Elinor Lipman.)
Gardening books I have acquired and not yet read…
AND this book of fiction and cartoons lent to me by Bayside Garden Steve!
I already am feeling that while staycation might last till the end of January, it won’t be long enough.