Monday, 29 February 2016
Rain or shine, I was determined to plant lilies today, and (because the library is closed on Mondays) take some plants to the community building. Happily, we got started in mild, non-windy, dry weather.
Pretty sure we got the above grass, to the left of the photo, from Back Alley Gardens when Pam was the brilliant plant buyer there. Or, at least, she admired it in my garden. Whatever it is, it was spectacular the first year, then disappeared for a year, and then all these seedlings came up. While it may not be very perennial, it will serve my purpose at the community building.
A thought to remember: I must take a couple of different pulmonarias to the shade garden there!
I wonder why my garden looks so much more vibrant, even with bulbs, than this garden?
Ilwaco Community Building
Those white tough roots that go miles down into the clay soil are one reason I want clumping plants like the sedums, that can be lifted once a year and cleaned up, instead of a groundcover that gets just full of that grass like the kinnikinnick didd.
We contributed to the community building garden two colours of Geranium macrorrhizum, some Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussy’, three kinds of large flowering sedums, Libertia, the grasses, poppy seeds, golden oregano, and the fuchsia.
Basket Case Greenhouse
Basket Case is not open for the season yet. Fred will sell bagged soil amendments and early violas by appointment. We were after ten bags of Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost.
Golden Sands Assisted Living
At Golden Sands, we planted lilies and a couple of Fuchsia magellanica starts. The garden still looks so dull. The Costco lily bulbs are much bigger than the pitifully small Fred Meyer lily bulbs.
Also planted a couple of heleniums from bags. Two that I wanted, Moorheim Beauty and…another one. Usually I never buy perennial plants in bags from a general store’s garden department, and yet I wanted these. They looked pretty small and unpromising.
The Anchorage owners’ meeting is this coming weekend. We added violas to the containers and detailed the garden.
Maybe the reason the post office and Golden Sands are lacking is because I don’t spend money on the post office garden like I do my own…and Golden Sands has a low plant budget so I don’t add as many cool plants?? And yet I am sure I planted plenty of early tulips and narcissi at the post office. Are they being picked? Are deer browsing early tulips? I must look closer next time. Maybe the difference is that my garden and the Anchorage have sheltered microclimates that encourage early flowering.
Next we applied two bales of Gardner and Bloome at the Depot Restaurant garden.
We were determined to mulch Mike’s garden, because otherwise the heavy bales would have to be stored at home and then reloaded.
The sky grew dark as dusk and we finished in a downpour.
I am pretty sure we will have tomorrow off, as this came to me via email, Facebook, and my weather apps:
HIGH WIND WARNING:
SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST
South Washington Coast
Effective: Mon 1:05 pm Updated: Mon 5:52 pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue 4:00 pm Severity: Severe Certainty: Likely
.A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL PRODUCE STRONG WINDS ALONG THE SOUTH
WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COASTS AND THE EXPOSED AREAS OF THE
ADJACENT COASTAL MOUNTAINS ON TUESDAY…WITH QUITE WINDY
…HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM
6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND
CENTRAL OREGON COASTS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY.
* WINDS: BEACHES AND HEADLANDS…SOUTH WIND 30 TO 40 MPH WITH
GUSTS 60 TO 70 MPH. COASTAL COMMUNITIES…SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35
MPH WITH GUSTS 50 TO 60 MPH.
* TIMING: WINDS WILL INCREASE FAIRLY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH A GOOD PART OF THE AFTERNOON.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ASTORIA…TILLAMOOK…LINCOLN CITY…
NEWPORT…FLORENCE…RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…OCEAN PARK.
* IMPACTS: WINDS WILL LIKELY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ON ROADS
SUCH AS HIGHWAY 101 ALONG THE COAST…AS WELL AS FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRUCKS AND VEHICLES PULLING TRAILERS.
THE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE TREE DAMAGE AND LOCAL POWER
A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Newport is the location of the beloved Sylvia Beach Hotel which will surely be creaking in the wind.