an update from yesterday’s post (written a week later on June 30):
I must rescind one recommendation for a place to “shop for a snack and thank the owner for letting us use their water for the curbside garden”; tonight, a week later, the manager of that building has rescinded that permission to use their hose, and so once again we are having watering woes, even after explaining that just letting us water would actually save money because we know which plants to target. It was distressing because some of the plants were distressed and I was not allowed to remedy that until….Salt came to the rescue. It was also heart-hurting to be told that he doesn’t trust me because I told him that last year, someone at that building DID say we could water there. Well, last year someonedid tell Allan that, and we watered there once a week all last summer with no complaints.
We want to double our thanks to Salt Hotel which is now letting us water TWO curbside gardens that do not front their own business, so here is a special promotion for them; it would be awesome if more of you local people “bought a square” to help them along in their mission:
Here is a link to their fundraising community loan and we hope you will participate because I can tell you from our experience that these are good, community minded, generous and caring people:
I also want to make clear that at the east end of the port, CoHo Charters does a great job of caring for their curbside garden (a more formal look of clipped hedged than what I go for) so if you wanna go charter fishing, give them a call. To be perfectly fair, they are the only charter company with a garden by their business so maybe the other ones would also be good garden stewards if they had the opportunity to participate. (Pacific Salmon Charters has some gorgeous and well maintained plant containers.) There are only two businesses that are withholding water, but two such apples are making my barrel feel spoiled.
Ok, back to your regularly scheduled blog. I am going to buy TWO squares to support Salt right now.
Five minutes later:
Now back to our orderly narrative:
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Because we leave tomorrow for Portland for the Hardy Plant weekend, and had to take Monday off to be at home for a plumber, we crammed a lot of work into two days.
As we left this morning, a sprinkle of rain was falling.
The Depot Restaurant
just a little light weeding and watering today…
Weirdly, there are some cosmos that look like ‘Seashells’. I was unable to find any ‘Seashells’ to buy this year. Perhaps they reseeded from last year. Also, they don’t look quite whole.
Just to the west, I saw a garden-y thing at the Sou’wester’s RV Park. I did not have time to look closer so I just took a telephoto.
TCH! TCH! stands for Trailer Classics Hodgepodge, a joke by the former owner about how some snobby people made a disapproving noise about trailer courts.
In town, we started our walk around to water the street trees (Allan) and planters (both of us, as there are more planters than there are trees). We had tried a scary experiment of not watering them from Friday (last time we watered) to Wednesday. I knew they would have to go from Wednesday to Monday between waterings while we are gone to Portland. I did not want to be worrying while in Portland about whether or not they could make it. We did check them yesterday to make sure they were not looking stressed. Today: still no wilting, but I could tell they were thirsty indeed, and it took a long long time at each planter to get the water to soak in well.
It was worth it; I won’t be fearing disaster while I’m touring gardens on Sunday.
Allan headed north and I headed south. If we water on the same side of the same block, we cut down on each other’s water supply.
The wind was gentler today than that flag indicates, and not cold at all.
The only finger blight of the day was a bad one: an Eryngium pulled out of the big Lewis and Clark Square planter, roots and all. Perhaps the thief was interrupted.
I weeded a bit over at Veterans Field. The Friday farmers market will be here and I need the garden to look good.
I rejoined Allan where he had been weeding in Fifth Street Park, since he got done watering sooner than me. He pointed out this good clump of Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (which has half reverted to green, as is its wont).
Ilwaco boatyard garden
We finished a short day of a short workweek by watering the boatyard garden.
We then drove to the community building and dumped the water from buckets and containers that we carry with us, onto that very needy garden.
At home by six, I ran through all five oscillating sprinkler areas in our garden, one by one, and set up some watering cans for J9 to water our greenhouse tomatoes, and packed, and felt like there was not enough time to go away because I’ll miss time in my own garden.
I remembered to load some buckets for burbling plant purchases at the hotel, so I don’t have to use their little trash can!
Yes, Todd is going, too, and I hope to see some of the bloggers and some Seattle garden friends there.
Thursday, he has to finish the short workweek by watering the Ilwaco planters. If he had done them today, I think they would have wilted by Monday. And then we’re off, and I hope to return with lots of garden tour photos. The temperature there is supposed to get to 103 F and Portland friends say “A hell front is approaching”; oh dear!