Wednesday, 20 April 2016
It took me awhile at work to realize I had a big spot on my camera lens.
Red Barn Arena
Allan did a project with some edging blocks provided by Amy.
I borrowed this wheelbarrow from the barn to wheel some soil from one area to another and fell in love with the handles. There is none of that letting go and moving of one’s hands to a different position when dumping; one’s hands just slide around the loop.
While Allan worked, and when I ran out of weeds and deadheading and deadleafing of bulbs, I went next door to work on Diane and Larry’s garden.
Basket Case Greenhouse
Up Sandridge Road at the Basket Case, we got some plants for the next project.
Next project of the day: to plant up the new summer window boxes that Beth had built. The window boxes with the early spring display of bulbs will be stashed behind the office for the summer and then put back out in winter.
Much to my delight, Beth has made two new sets of boxes, so that we don’t have to use the little plastic liners anymore. They were too small.
The project was unexpectedly complicated by two things: The brackets are going to be redone (as they are pretty awful), so we could not set the new boxes in place, and the other set of two window boxes still had tulips blooming, so we left for the weekend guests to enjoy.
I have totally gone off planting variegated vinca anywhere due its rampant behavior!
I salvaged the excellent Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ for the center, and used the violas and orange diascia which had been intended for the second set of windowboxes…and was very glad it worked out that way or I’d have been short of plants. We left two newly planted window boxes in tones of blue flowers (to go with the blue sign) sitting on the patio to be installed when the new brackets are up. I got to take home the old terracotta pots (with the tops falling apart, but still a good three fourths of the pot useable) to live out their last years in my garden.
Long Beach city hall and some planter deadheading and deadleafing finished out our work day.
The planters are in that awkward stage when there is lots of ugly dying bulb foliage and yet it is too early to plant most annuals.
Our friend Wendy walked by and told us she had found a little fairy door on one of the Bolstad approach planters. We went to check it out.
Allan realized later that the “flower pot” is a piece of broken beer bottle and pronounced it genius.
The Depot Restaurant
Because Allan had a social engagement on Thursday, we had our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa tonight at burger night at the Depot Restaurant. The day of projects had taken its toll on our energy, and the conversation kept us entertained and so distracted that neither Allan or I thought to take a photo of the tasty occasion.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago
1998 (age 74):
April 20: 11:30-5:00! warm I finished planting all the berries. After I put stuff away I found another flat of plants. I added them to the last row. I have worked 17 hours planting 11 wide rows of plants. I replanted the onion plants that I dug out so that Ron could till that area. After all the above I washed more than 30 trays.