Thursday, 29 May 2014
Before heading north, we started our project of replacing some of the old, woody Erysimums in the Ilwaco planters (which are still looking dull as we got such a late start on them due to bureaucratic delays).
When I saw the Valerian in the foreground planter above, I remembered that I had wanted to take some to Golden Sands. Before leaving town, we went back down Lake Street to our own garden and dug up two of them to take with us. I had realized, when watching Doc Martin recently, that Valerian is a quintessential cottage garden plant (and one that annoyed my mother by spreading all over her garden, which is probably why I had not planted any at Golden Sands while she lived there).
In Long Beach, we visited Jo’s garden to do a bit of planting.
As we turned from the main highway to the Anchorage Cottages, our friend J9 passed us going the other way and I realized her birthday had been the day before. I had given her an earlier birthday present spontaneously one day at the Basket Case (a Zaluziankya, so fragrant at night). That was no replacement for a properly timed “happy birthday”. I texted her and said we would take her to dinner soon. In the back of my mind lurked the enticing fact that it was Taco Thursday at the Cove, but I was not sure how long the workday would take.
At the Anchorage, we planted 12 more trailies (calibrachoas) in the window boxes.
I’m worried about the Arbutus in the central courtyard. There used to be two; over ten years ago, one turned up its toes and died (and when I dug it up, it had a rotten root ball). The remaining one does not look very happy.
The Ceanothus next to it also looks unhappy after our cold winter and yet if I cut it back, that cottage window will lose its privacy.
Andersen’s RV Park
When we arrived at Andersen’s, I urgently needed a dose of wake up beans.
I had nothing at all to plant; what a pleasure! We focused on weeding.
I took on the picket fence garden as my project.
I felt great joy wading into this job; this is the part of gardening I like best.
I was not filled with as much joy after, as I did not have time to achieve absolute perfection.
Some choice plants are about to bloom in the picket fence garden.
Meanwhile, Allan weeded in the west side garden…mostly around the edges as the poppies are now gloriously blooming in the center of the field.
As we left, I texted J9 again and suggested we might be done in time to have tacos at the Cove. (I rarely carry my phone on my person while gardening as I would be too distracted by calls and texts and little “pings” that tell me someone has commented on this blog; I just catch up between jobs.)
I also had received a text from Garden Tour Nancy that our friend Ed, owner of Strange Landscaping, had confirmed that he is willing to have his garden be on the Music in the Gardens tour. So on our way to our next job, we snuck into his garden in Tides West to take some preview photos for the garden tour Facebook page.
I am glad to have a garden on the tour that is a single wide manufactured home (of which there are many on the Peninsula) and a small, city sized lot.
He had fertilized it and the leaves grew so fast that they flopped, so he cut them back and it started over. I love the way he has the almost white Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’ planted like stepping stones. I will steal this idea.
Across the street, his friend Judy M has a darling double wide that has been completely remodeled inside.
I love the front porch and wish our double wide had one like it. (However, I do like the fact that we enter our house on the side, even though “real” houses usually have the front door in front. There is more privacy coming and going through a side door.)
Before going on to work, we went down the next street so I could have another look at the house that had so caught my eye the day we helped our friend J9 move to this neighbourhood.
Then, back to work.
Golden Sands Assisted Living
Allan got that awful area weeded that is outside our four flower beds. We’d planted some donated daylilies (the boring Stella D’Oro) there and they were surrounded by the scourge of horsetail and creeping sorrel.
The four quadrant gardens are so happy with the new sprinkler system. I was thrilled that when we arrived, two residents were seated in chairs that they had moved right next to one of the gardens.
The garden is full of “passalong” plants and Sweet Williams from a seed mix. I added the two Valerian plants I had brought from home. Hope I don’t regret it when they start spreading!
Long Beach City Hall
I texted J9 and said we could get done in time to have dinner at 7. She could not hang around Long Beach that long so we made it 6:30 instead because it was her belated birthday dinner. That gave us just time to check up on the garden at Long Beach city hall.
The Cove Restaurant
Parking Lot Cat greeted us as we walked from our van to the restaurant.
“Obamacare” is enabling us to have a life outside work, because we are no longer having to pay over $1000 a month for medical insurance. That had forced us to rarely take time off and to have much more worry over money. Life is better now. We can stop working six to seven days a week for most of the year and that is such a blessing at our age.
Inside the Cove, our window view revealed that owner Sondra knows how to prune sword ferns.
Chef Jason Lancaster sent us an amuse bouche..again. We felt so special and fortunate and J9 got to enjoy one third of it.
At home, I just had time to water some potted plants before dark.
Allan got artsy with some sunset photos from the front garden.
Friday….IF we can get Long Beach and Ilwaco ready for the weekend, we just might get two days off.