Today involved many annuals but was not too hellish. It did not get off to a wonderful start when cat Frosty fell off a high bookshelf where he likes to perch and landed on my foot, which had crept out from the protective covers. At five AM. Being my usual hypochondriacal self, I was sure I would get an infection and sepsis and end up in the emergency from from the invisible possibly not even real puncture wound so I worrited about that for awhile but managed to sleep some more.
By 11:00 we were on our way and I reminded myself that we need to plant Cosmos in our Ilwaco Post Office volunteer garden.
Then we stopped at Jo’s to get paid. I had been rather blasé about it till I got a credit card bill for plants. While there, Allan planted a Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine). Coco helped.
Jo’s garden was looking good as always.
I love the curved built in bench on her porch. It is very comfortable. I have had many the work lunch break there over the last nineteen years.
Next we decided to re-do the soil in the windowboxes at The Anchorage Cottages. It has become mossy and compacted and was miserable to plant in last year. Manager Beth told us that the boxes just lifted down. That was a surprise!
Even more of a surprise was that they were lined with landscape fabric because they have an open base.
One of the four boxes had a horrible slug hiding in it. I thought Allan heard me mention it. At the end of the job, I found it he had not even seen it and had left it there so I applied MUCH sluggo to those two windowboxes.
We collected some plants from The Planter Box for the job: Some sunbinis, red calibrachoas, and some blue lobelia, backed with short Cosmos ‘Sonata’. Except that one of the six packs turned out to be Cosmos ‘Cutesy’ which might be taller. And I miscounted and ended up four lobelia short. And I used tiny plants because the windowboxes are undersized so I thought small plants would settle in better. They were in those very small pots “basket stuffers” pots, so the immediate impact was nil, but they are inexpensive and I will be curious to see how soon they catch up to larger sunbinis (sanvitalia) that I planted in Long Beach. It’s a new to me cultivar with the lovely name “Million Suns”. Some sources call it “creeping zinnia’…odd!
I had not really intended to finish the window box planting at Anchorage today (except for the missing lobelias) but I am glad we took the time to do so because we have a lot on for tomorrow.
Then on to Andersen’s for the annual planting of the barrels with one yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the center, circled by six yellow Calibrachoa and six white petunias. (Lorna loves white petunias.) First Allan cut back the narcissi foliage by half while I burbled the plants. (Dunked each pot in a bucket of water till it stopped bubbling…usually three in each hand with two buckets.) Then he planted while I went to the picket fence garden to weed and plant Cosmos and painted sage.
I couldn’t get a photo showing all six because an RV was parked near the laundry room, blocking the view of one of the barrels.
The picket fence garden is much easier to weed now that it is fluffy with cow fiber. Much creeping sorrel had poked up over the last busy month and I removed a wheelbarrow load of this and that. Lorna bought lots of tall Alliums last fall and they are looking very fine.
We were there till after six when the staff closed the office and gathered by one of their sites.
On the way home, we planted 9 Cosmos in the Long Beach Fifth Street park….ones I hadn’t had during the first round: Sea Shells, Versailles, and Double Click. I think Sea Shells is my favourite, but maybe Double Click is.
We stopped at Gene’s garden to put two bags of Harvest Supreme mulch along the narrow house beds we had weeded yesterday.
And then home. Going to a number of different jobs makes the day easier than spending the entire time at a project like the Long Beach planters. I even had the energy for an almost dusk walk around the front garden.
It worries me when an occasional lily browns off like this. What??
I don’t know what it is and worry that it will spread.
A friend gave me this plant and it has become spectacular:
I wish someone could ID a wonderful plant that I must have acquired at a Hardy Plant weekend a few years ago. You can see the leaves behind and above the Corydalis, above. And more of the plant behind the Hellebore, below.
I see there are plenty more wild impatiens to pull.
Finally, some Saxifrage (London Pride) whose origin was Allan’s mother’s garden.