Friday, 15 April 2016, part two
We took an intermission from Long Beach to do the weekly check up on the Anchorage Cottages gardens.
back to Long Beach
Allan and I planted some Nicotiana langsdorfii and weeded in Fifth Street Park.
Allan went to the center parking lot berm to weed while I did the walkaround deadheading and weeding of the main street planters and street trees. Join me as I walked down one side, up the other, and back again.
I was thrilled when Melissa (not our gardening Melissa), who owns Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco, parked so that I could finally meet her pet pig, Prince Piggy.
He is as friendly as the friendliest dog, uses a litter box, snuggles, and will only get to 17 pounds. I spent the rest of the day very much infatuated and wanting a piggy of my very own.
There is a big missing piece in the planter pictured above. Sometime in the last week, someone stole one of the two Daphne ‘Eternal Fragrance’ and smoothed over the hole.
Now what to do? Either we acquire a new daphne, which is available at The Planter Box but won’t be big like the other, OR we take out the solitary one left and replant the whole planter with something new. I will wait till after the May 1st parade to decide, I think. A change would allow this planter to have more summer flowers. I am pretty sure whoever stole the daphne will find that they do not transplant well and in fact I hope it up and dies on them.
As I passed NIVA green on the other side of the street, heading south again, owner/artist Heather Ramsay caught up to me and gave me a literary gift.
I was also pleased when Boreas Inn Susie drove by and informed me, “You rock!”
With all the planters done, I joined Allan at the center berm.
We had decided to not pull all the clover, etc. out, as this so called berm has so little in it that it is easier to just string trim it when the annual quaking grass is done.
If we had time, we would strip this out and plant something more interesting, something that could hold up to NO water all summer long. However, the string trimmer will probably suffice for this berm.
When we dumped our debris, we got five buckets of Soil Energy from our City Works pile to add to a low planter on the Bolstad beach approach.
With the rest of our time, we added some plants to two of the planters on Sid Snyder Drive, the ones we had dug out and redone last fall.
Some passersby were entranced with the little species tulip.
(T batalinii ‘Bright Gem’ is what I was thinking, although the other one I thought was Bright Gem has less wavy foliage so now I am feeling confused.)
At the beginning of this long day, I had learned that Salt Hotel Pub is now open till 9PM on weekends. That meant we would have time to go there for dinner.
We were celebrating the glorious fact that we had gotten enough work done to take a three day weekend, most of which I intended to spend weeding my own garden.
(For those of you following along on my mom’s old garden diaries, I accidentally posted her entries for April 15th on the blog for April 14th. Oops!)