Ilwaco Post Office
Our only volunteer garden in Ilwaco is at the Ilwaco Post Office, now that the boatyard garden has turned into a “real job”. On this, its third year, it still looked fine, although perhaps not as lovely as its first year. Being on the garden tour 2012 consumed a lot of our time and energy.
Here is the post office garden with spring tulips. I am happy to see that while deer do prowl Lake Street gardens (thus our ginormous deer fence), they have so far not nibbled on the Post Office tulips.
I had great dreams of growing sweet peas along that picket fence, prepared the ground, added some manure, planted seeds around St Patrick’s Day, and had a total fail. Possibly they did not get enough water.
Uh oh! This seems to be the time when I became self-obsessed about our own garden and stopped taking post office photos for the year. (I did lose in my iPhoto crash one photo of the pitiful straggle of flowerless stunted sweet peas, but maybe it is better that you not see it.)
Street Trees and Planters
On First Avenue we continue to care for the little squares at the base of the street trees and the several planters per block.
That garden tour prep intervened is obvious by the lack of midsummer photos! Here is one from sometime in midsummer.
We try to make the Portside planter yellow, but those feverfew crept in and looked so pretty I did not have the heart to yank them.
a yellow cottage
When working on one Ilwaco garden that was new to us and got its own journal entry back in August, we got hired for a one off clean up job just down a dead end street. It was most exciting to learn that the little yellow house on the property was a sister house to the one that I used to own behind the boatyard.
I had been told that three cottages used to sit in the boatyard. One was moved to Spring Street and was our original Tangly Cottage. I THINK the other one may have been the one next door to Lake Street house, lived in by our friend Jeannine and now by the owners of Pink Poppy Bakery. And this yellow cottage is definitely one of the boatyard cottages. Its owner (who owns several houses next door to it as well) told us that when it got moved, the old woman who lived in it was asked if she wanted to move, too. She said “I always wanted to live on the hill” and so she lived here for the rest of her life.
Someone had later lived there who had planted these two beautiful hydrangeas…
and the euphorbia on the east side of the house told me the previous gardener had been something of a plant collector. We weeded out a long bed where most of the perennials had gone to weeds and had the pleasure of cleaning up and making pretty an old water feature.
Because this is a one time job, it’s not the sort of thing we usually take on, but I could not resist working around the little yellow cottage.
Cheri’s garden, one of my favourites, had a slightly off year because the chimney came down, as it had to, and brick were piled in a corner of the back garden. The rest of the garden had gone to the dogs…Porsche and Beamer. For two energetic boxers, they don’t do much harm to the garden except for one corner where they like to look out of the fence and one small area where Beamer just loves to dig.
Now, if this were my garden, what I would do is make where Porsche is walking (above) be a wide path, and I would make the LAWN be a picket fenced garden. Maybe plant some tough shrubs along the outer chain link fence….then a wide barked path for the dogs to run…and a fenced bed right where the lawn is…and then the sidewalk around the house. That would be an awful lot of work, though.
Across the street on their other lot, the red hot pokers that Cheri and Charlie transplanted are thriving along the fence.
a new garden
We have not even touched this one yet, but in December of 2012 we agreed to take on its care; it is kitty corner from Cheri’s so will be very convenient.
Next: the gardens along Howerton at the Port of Ilwaco.