Now that I have the finger blight rant out of my system, here’s an update on planting of annuals:
We spent the last several days continuing the rather frenzied planting of cosmos ‘Seashells’, ‘Double Click’ and ‘Sensation’ mixes and painted sage, intermixed with the occasional godetia and perennial. (I just learned that the common name of cosmos is Mexican aster!) Due to unseasonably dry weather, we had to fill each planting hole with water (which should be done anyway, but I have been known to slack on that if the ground is nice and damp). Before planting, we ALWAYS burble each container or pack of plants in a bucket of water till all air bubbles emerge. Each plant gets a pinch of Quench and some Dr Earth all purpose fertilizer in the hole. (Note: I just went to that Quench website and ordered 52 more ounces; you can find it at Raintree Nursery in Seaside, and I do wish we had bought more last time we were there.)
Our various stops at nurseries are our only breaks lately, always involving some schmoozing. Teresa of The Planter Box took us next door to see their well-trained and floriferous wisteria which wraps all around three sides of their garage. From inside looking out, it’s a blue waterfall.
he repetitive motion of planting small plants from six packs all day does do one’s head and back in after awhile. One evening we stacked a cord of wood for mom at the end of the planting day, meaning at seven pm; Allan was going to do the whole stacking job himself but I couldn’t live with that. By the end of that task, I was moving as slowly as my 83 year old mother.
My friend Cassius resting in one of the Planter Box greenhouses; their excellent and healthy selection of “basket stuffer” annuals
So tired was I that I barely noticed pretty things until later in the week, but as progress continued and hope of an end to the job was in sight (but not yet reached), I was able to stop and smell…not the roses, not in bloom yet, but some of the early perennials.
(left) Diane’s roadside garden still with late tulips (right) Wiegardt Gallery gardens with lots of early flowers
Since May 15th, we have planted Diane’s containers of many interesting annuals and her cosmos and perennial garden (and we got to see our canine friend Misty’s amazing frisbee catching skills), the Boreas (planted but not weeded yet!), Ilwaco trees and planters (except for some more annuals to squeeze into the planters), Laurie’s, the triplexes (that’s what I’m calling the transitional housing place now), McD’s, and Wiegardt Gallery, the Red Barn, where I petted a sweet old horse named London Fog, and some Mother’s Day cosmos at mom’s. We also planted the 3 large boxes by Payson Hall (the social building at Andersen’s RV Park), and tidied up Klipsan Beach Cottages’ garden for a photo session later this week. We also had to fit in some watering missions because the weather has been so dry…until this weekend. Yesterday’s rain was not enough to soak into the soil, but today….
In my garden, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’; at Raymond Federal, Lewisia.
Today we optimistically went out in the drizzle to go to Discovery Heights, but first we stopped by to put some cosmos in the Peninsula Sanitation office planter. The wind, once we left the shelter of our hill, was whipping and cold, and the rain returned in earnest, and back home we went. Tomorrow: a day off because my good friend Carol is in town (tonight we’ll have a luscious dinner with the new summer menu at the Depot!), and Allan has plans to tour some scenic sights in the Willapa Hills probably on his old Suzuki motorcycle, if it runs after a winter’s inactivity. Still to do this week (thus I am having some stressful feelings about taking tomorrow off!): plant the cosmos at Discovery Heights, China Beach Retreat, a Nahcotta private garden, and Joanne’s garden. Finish planting at McD’s. Weed and prep Long Beach and Andersen’s and the Shelburne for the upcoming holiday weekend… The front Shelburne garden is still torn up because rain is preventing the painting of the new fence! Oh, how I long to fluff and plant it! The extensive weeding at Discovery Heights may have to occur over Memorial Day weekend. And oh dear, now it seems that the Nahcotta and Joanne’s may have to wait till the NEXT week. Oh dear me. AND I have almost run out of cosmos again. Next year I will know that I need about thirty flats (36 plants in each).
[2012 note: I must make clear we no longer do the job in the top photo because new manager did not want plants to touch each other! It is now in the capable hands of Ed Strange of Strange Landscaping and many of the plants have been removed or (in the case of bulbs) covered with landscape fabric and river rock or bark, as requested. To coin a phrase (not), it’s their loss. But no, it is a loss to those who used to enjoy the more, well, tangly garden.]
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