Tuesday, 29 October, 2013
I awoke to white frost on the back lawn, as predicted. All the tender plants in pots were safely in the greenhouse. The ones that I want to save, anyway: scented geraniums, tender salvias…
Great, thought I, the annuals will perhaps be done in Long Beach. I have wearied of their tired looking appearance; they have still been looking too colourful to pull as it might make shopkeepers and passersby said if I dispose of them them prematurely.
But NO! They still look mostly wonderful.
Allan cut back the Panicum ‘Heavy Metal‘ ornamental grass back in the one street tree under which it grows. I like the name of the grass and its metallic sheen. However, I think that to most people it probably looks weedy.
This particular tree has no working water and has to be bucket watered from a nearby planter.
The park by Marsh’s Free Museum and one of our favourite little cafés, Captain Bob’s Chowder, still looks fine.
The work in the frying pan park is coming along….By spring, that clam statue will spout every hour on the hour again.
Allan took a break from Long Beach city work and pulled Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ from the Summer House garden while I checked the rest of the planters. I swear I did not plant the darn hardy geranium at Summer House. It probably had one little seedling inside another plant.
Below: Allan stands where a rose trellis should go IF Erin (who owns this vacation rental) wants to keep the rampant climbing rose in there:
Then he dropped me off to tidy up the Veterans Field garden while he dumped debris.
We had an appointment at NW Financial and Insurance regarding the Affordable Care Act (which I believe will be very beneficial to us). The main website was down again, even though it had been working all day.
The best thing I have read about this is: “War is a crisis. Poverty is a crisis.” And then something about the computer problem being an inconvenience. We will go back next week. If anyone local (Southwest Washington or Northwest Oregon) needs help figuring out the Affordable Care Act paperwork, Shelly Pollock is a wonderful helper and her services are free.
We concluded our work day by pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage clumps and a doing a bit of weeding on the Bolstadt beach approach.
This walk is so popular with townfolk and tourists alike. One can walk up Sid Snyder Boulevard ten blocks south, then along the boardwalk with its view of the beach and back down this street….or vice versa.
Something amazing happened when I pulled a weed from the easternmost Bolstadt planter….
The mint started to peel up just like taking up a carpet! I was thrilled!!
While Allan tidied that up, I cut back a few lily stalks on the south side of city hall and observed with dismay that a purple ajuga had gone aggressively running through the whole bed.
Just west of city hall, reflections of sunlight fell on the sign for the upcoming new coffee shop. I was excited to see that Pink Poppy Bakery’s logo had been added to the sign. My ultimate loyalty still likes with Ilwaco’s Olde Towne coffee café but I will love being able to get Pink Poppy treats while working in Long Beach.
Although I could tell a great sunset was brewing, the dumping of debris had to take priority.
While at the city works yard, we could see the sunset developing.
With work done, we went back to Bolstadt.
Another sunset watching group had gathered on the big picnic shelter.
The sunset started as a moody grey and pink one, and I thought it would continue that way.
Thinking it was fading, we turned to go back to town and saw the tail lights of the cars of other sunset watchers driving away….
One glance back and we turned to the west again as the colour suddenly intensified.
And then it did fade.
At home, I took a quick walk along Spruce and Lake Streets to check out progress in the Ilwaco flatlands Halloween preparations.
Soon would come the yearly Halloween extravaganza.