As we circulate among “our” gardens, trying our best to get caught up on all the spring clean-ups, the weather cooperated for a week. And yet there are still two gardens we have not yet visited, and we took on a one-time weeding job for the Driftwood RV Park! While looking at the owner’s beds to be weeded I admired some orange tulips which looked rather like some I had planted in Long Beach. OOPS! They were plastic! Perhaps after working six days in a row, I was a bit tired…but I said the sun was in my eyes.
We started our marathon week last Sunday with the Boreas Inn. There had been so much rain that the fire pit was under water! All day we weeded a winter’s worth of weeds from the lawn beds which in summer owner Susie fills with bright annuals. Only at the end of the day did the vivavacious Susie free herself from innkeeping to join us weeding the wildflower patch. Often we work for people like Susie and like Mary from Klipsan Beach Cottages who would love to do the work themselves if only they had the time. Hmm, that is sort of what happens in my own garden, which tends to be neglected. We had intended to do a partial day at the Boreas and then go on to Jo’s garden next door, but as often happens our plan went astray and by six in the evening we knew that Jo’s would have to await another day.
Our next day began with a brief stop of McD’s fast food place to weed and plant more violas. Last year that particular branch on Long Beach was given the regional director’s award for best landscape…or something like that….because we enriched it with all sorts of interesting flowers.
Then onward to do almost a full day at Joanne’s garden. To us, it will always be her garden although she passed on at all too young an age two years ago. She often worked with us even when feeling poorly from chemotherapy. I miss her.
Steve and Joanne built a wonderful waterfall which we surrounded with an ever-growing garden. A human-made pond abounds with frogs and from it runs a splashing stream down to a natural lake. I do wish I had a small lake like that, big enough to take a boat out on.
All along the stream we have planted Siberian and Japanese iris to put on a show in early summer. The garden around the upper pond will be rich with the flowers Joanne loved; just wait.