Springtime weather returned during the first week of April. All the creatures rejoiced in it.
Laurie’s garden remained one of our favourites. Her horse herd had grown and now included golden Moony, the Peruvian Pasos Pinta and Elé, grey Kachina (not pictured above) and the newest, the miniature Dewey, rescued from dire circumstances, nurtured back to health, and in possession of a dire temper. The presence of horses required a bag of carrot and apple pieces (offered to Dewey with a toss from a safe distance).
At Klipsan Beach Cottages our idea of a couple of years back had been to use plastic window boxes as inserts in the wooden ones, thus making it possible to seasonally change out the 20 windowboxes on the cottages, A Frame, and office windows. Each one is slightly different planted with the smallest of narcissi and the species tulips, the snowdrops, the Fritillaria meleagris, that bloom between February and Mother’s Day…Mother’s Day being the time when KBC owner Mary plants up the summer annual window boxes.
In the woodland swale at KBC, we outwitted the deer by planting sweeps of Narcissi. At Andersen’s RV Park deer had not yet discovered the tulips. 2008 would be the last year we got away with planting them in that garden; a deer herd must have increased or been displaced by housing development because nowadays they amble through regularly and have limited our planting choices.
In another garden rampant with ravenous deer we planted hundreds of a white narcissi mix. Everything in the Discovery Heights garden has to pass the deer test. Hellebore foetidus seems to thoroughly repel them and joins pale yellow new foliage to echo the touches of yellow on the assorted narcissi.
You can just get a glimpse of the ocean to the right of that treed hill. On a grey day like this one, it blends with the sky.
By mid April that new garden bed at Oman Builders Supply had enough colour to satisfy but in future I planned to have that colour come from bulbs rather than primroses. They’d have to be moved for later flowering plants to settle in whereas bulbs can stay in place as their foliage dies down.
On the Bolstadt beach approach Armeria (sea thrift) flowered brightly in the windblown sandy outer garden. In the thirteen sections of this garden there is a big difference between what thrives in section one, sheltered down by the arch, and section thirteen out by the buoy where drifts of sand come in over the garden in winter storms.
The end of April brought of the Ilwaco Tree Committee to plant some conifers into the Discovery Garden by the museum.
I felt ever increasing urge to shop for plants and we planned our yearly trip to Cistus and Joy Creek nurseries, but meanwhile…