Yesterday and today we worked on two of the three berms in Long Beach’s east parking lots. Because we were able to plant all sorts of interesting shrubs and perennials there, the job, while tedious, felt enjoyable because we were able to examine and enjoy the plants close up.
We concluded the day with weeding the Ilwaco boatyard garden, formerly a volunteer project of mine. Once upon a time it was thick with fascinating plants but had to be removed when a new fence and electrical lines were installed. After that, it was redone by the port with round rocks over landscape fabric and, mostly, pampas grass. While it was no harder to weed than the berms, I spent much time pondering how much pain I was in, and how bored…because there are few interesting plants there and while I adore river rock, I had again the revelation that if a garden offers no opportunity for the planting and observation of new plants, I find no pleasure in it other than the “job well done” moment at the end.
There is one pleasant aspect of weeding the round endless rocks; the place where we dump the debris, at the east end of the port, offers lovely views. [2012 note: I’m happy to report that by 2012, the boatyard garden has been nicely revived and redone without the river rock!]
Back to a happier day in Long Beach: earlier this week while I “walked the trees” (checking all the street tree gardens), Allan did a lovely job of bringing the monument circle in Coulter Park back to an attractive look, including the planting of two Eryngium (sea hollies), one my favourite perennials.
An excellent weeding job, before and after, with Tulip ‘Angelique’, backed with a ‘Helmond Pillar’ barberry and blue oat grass
(The World Kite Museum moved to Sid Snyder Drive)
And not too surprisingly, I close with yet more shots of the now waning Long Beach Tulip festival: The Tulip viridiflora in front of Dennis Company and two Rembrandt tulips backed with the Long Beach ferris wheel.