Friday, 22 May 2015
Another drizzly day was not going to stop us from working, because we were about to reach our goal of having an almost three day weekend. Twelve days in a row is nothing on what we used to do; I remember working 21 days in a row not many years ago.
At Andersen’s RV Park a couple of days ago, I had accidentally clipped an iris in the road box. Don’t tell. I put the stalk in a bucket of water in the garage, and it had bloomed, so it went into a vase in our kitchen.
The weather was so wet when we left for work that I re-ordered the day. We had two jobs far apart from each other, something I try to avoid scheduling. If we went to KBC first, a longish drive away, we might escape working in heavy rain.
The traffic up the highway was slow all the way with lots of vehicles suddenly turning to go to one after another of “the world’s longest garage sale”, a Peninsula wide event every Memorial Day weekend.
We detoured up Sandridge Road and stopped briefly at The Basket Case to get a few plants for the Ilwaco planters, in case we got done in time.
The reason our upcoming three day weekend was ALMOST three days off is that the truck from Blooming Nursery will not arrive till Saturday morning, so we will have to shop before our time off.
Next we stopped at Peninsula Landscape Supply so that I could buy two large (and pricey) bottles of Fox Farms Tiger Bloom. I am trying to not use Miracle Gro anymore, even though the blue stuff is “like candy” to plants as someone told us this week. It is difficult to find an organic fertilizer that goes through a sprayer as easily and cheaply as Miracle Gro. We’ll see how long my resolve lasts. Mainly, I don’t want to financially support Monsanto (associated with the Miracle Gro company). (I don’t Miracle Gro in garden beds, only containers, and the one place where its convenience has been a boon has been in the many planters of Long Beach and Ilwaco.)
Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park
It occurred to me to begin north of KBC at the little entry garden of Oman Builders Supply. I was glad we did start there, as part of an Erysimum was dead and there were some mighty big grassy weeds in one area.
OBS does not carry many bagged soil amendments (not that we found, anyway). Their small bag of mushroom compost was perfect for mulching the rather sad north end of the garden.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
By our parking place at Joanie’s Cottage grounds next door, one of the best rhododendrons had just come into bloom. During the Rhodie Tour, I had wondered why my memory of it being fabulous was so strong, as the buds just looked like normal red ones.
We simply weeded and groomed the garden for an hour or so.
There should be two white alliums floating in front of that Thalictrum. Mary told me there had been some sort of mysterious battle in the garden, with tufts of fur around (not from her cats), a cosmos pulled OUT and lying on the path (she replanted it) and one of the alliums broken off.
Mary and Allan agree that its a smart plant to know that all it needs is one stunning leave to make a great show.
With KBC done, we drove south to Long Beach to finally, FINALLY edge the beds at the Boreas Inn. This has been on the work list for ages. My weather strategy had worked, and we had not done any rainy gardening at all today.
The rainstorm had clearly been here recently.
The Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) reminded me of why it is more than just an annoyingly weedy re-seedy perennial. When I first began to explore the world of perennials, I read that alchemists (supposedly) collected rain drops from this plant for their potions:
Later, Susie told me that she likes to use the chartreuse sprays of flowers in bouquets, further reminding me of its value.
.On this grey day, we did not have an audience of guests.
We did have time to work on the Ilwaco planters at the end of the day.
We pulled out old, leggy Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ from four planters and replaced them with new, compact ones. Allan thinks it a shame that the old ones are blooming so well, and the new ones are not in bloom yet. The new compact ones will provide flowers for much longer, and will be less teetery.
Last time we replaced Erysimums, at the intersection by the Portside Café, I gave the café owners a bouquet of the blossoms. At 7 PM, there was no one to give flowers too (and I was too tired to deal with it, anyway).
Just as we went home, the rain returned…perfect timing to make the plants happy.
After 12 days in a row of Annual Planting Time, we were so ready for three days almost off.